A veteran of both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, Clyde Kincaid toiled tirelessly to establish a post home for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10227 in Prescott Valley. After 18 years, he came so close to seeing the official post opening at its location above Fain Park, and the day of his death - Veteran's Day - was appropriate to his service of God and country. He was 83.
Kincaid moved to Arizona from Oregon in the late 1970s, living first in Show Low and then Phoenix before coming to Prescott Valley.
Here he immediately delved into VFW and American Legion activities. Through the years he served as Officer of the Day, Sgt. of Arms, Senior Vice of Mingus Mountain VFW Post 10227, and Junior and Senior Vice of District 2 for the VFW. His ceaseless contributions to the post home as a member of the building committee and public relations man to solicit donations were ongoing. He also spent much of his time going to schools, promoting patriotism among young people.
In fact, Kincaid's last public appearance came just three days before he died. He received a standing ovation at Liberty Traditional School's annual Salute to Veterans at Bradshaw Mountain East campus that Friday.
He entered the hospital the next day for emergency surgery, and succumbed to complications two days later.
Monday, more than 200 people packed Trinity Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley, where he had been a deacon and greeter, to celebrate Kincaid's life.
American Legion, VFW and Patriot Guard Riders lined the church entrance with flags of all service branches for visitors to pass between. After the service, his military and church family stayed for hours to share stories and memories of their friend, said Lana Kirkeeng, executive assistant at Trinity Lutheran.
People can sign his guestbook at www.sunrisefuneralhome.com. Kincaid's family suggests that in lieu of flowers, people donate to VFW Post 10227, Prescott Valley Building Fund, P.O. Box 25702, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312-5702, or visit www.vfwpost10227.org. Phone is 928-759-0095.